The Albert Whitted Airport is located at the edge of downtown St. Petersburg, overlooking Tampa Bay. Opened in the summer of 1929, it is owned and operated by the city and was named after St. Petersburg native Lieutenant James Albert Whitted, who was commissioned as part of the first 250 naval aviators to serve in the armed forces in 1917.
The Airport provides services including fueling, storage, parking, maintenance, flight training, charter and rentals, avionics, and sightseeing tours. It also supports Civil Air Patrol, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Bayflite Medivac, and other medical transport services.
Each April the Airport plays an important role in the annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as Runway 6/24 becomes part of the race course. It has an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter to promote the Young Eagles program as a means to introduce young people to the experience of flight. At various times during the year EAA-Chapter 47 and Albert Whitted Airport Preservation Society (AWAPS) host a day of free flights for children between the ages of 8 to 17. For more information and to view a schedule of upcoming events visit www.AWAPS.org or general program information at www.youngeagles.org
Flight lessons are available for recreational and commercial pilot’s licenses through St. Pete Air (727-755-1359). Introductory flights are also available: www.stpeteair.org
RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer knows firsthand about taking flight instruction at Albert Whitted Airport. Nine years ago Estelia signed up for lessons, passed her courses and received her pilot’s license.
Aerial Sightseeing Tours
St Petersburg helicopter tours include packages such as Downtown, Historic St. Pete, Treasure Island, Tampa Bay and others. For more information contact Tampa Bay Aviation, Executive Helicopters, or historic Biplane Rides.
Albert Whitted Park
As part of the City’s waterfront park system, the Albert Whitted Park is located on the north side of the airport. The park includes an aviation themed playground for children 2 to 12 years old, covered picnic shelters and a walkway. The park can be reserved for special functions by permit. For information or to apply for a park permit, contact the City’s Parks Department (www.stpete.org/parks)
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